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  1. 1. Hyperthyroidism Treatment Symptoms and Tips for Coping with an Overactive Thyroid.If you have been carrying out some research into hyperthyroidism treatment, then you may possess adecent idea of what is known. But we have observed that not all of it can be useful, it just depends onyour particular needs. There are many trustworthy resources about it, plus other related aspects that youhave to take into account, as well. Yes, it can be frustrating when you think you have all you need, butyou actually do not. This can prove to be a difficult task for anyone if you need very specific kinds ofinformation and help. Here are a couple of things we have found out about hyperthyroidismtreatment , and hopefully it will be a few more pieces of the puzzle for you.What is Hyperthyroidism?Hyperthyroidism is often referred to as an overactive thyroid and is a disorder of the thyroid, a smallgland located just below the Adam’s Apple.This gland influences many of your bodily functions, such as physical growth and development,puberty, metabolism, organ function, fertility and body temperature. Just how well the thyroid regulatesthese functions depends on the production of two specific hormones, called T3 and T4.The thyroid works in conjunction with the pituitary gland in the brain. When the level of thyroidhormones drops too low, the gland in the brain produces Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) whichtells the thyroid gland to produce more hormones.However, when the thyroid gland produces too much of these hormones, our bodies use energy fasterthan they should. And because the thyroid controls vital systems such as metabolism and bodytemperature, an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) will affect the body, causing a variety of relatedsymptoms.Diagnosing HyperthyroidismA sample of blood is the best screening method of testing for hyperthyroidism. Your health careprofessional will want to test the levels of T4 and T3 (the thyroid hormones) as well as the levels ofTSH in your blood.These blood tests will provide an accurate picture of how the thyroid is functioning. If the doctor feelsfurther tests are necessary they may give a radioactive iodine uptake test. The type of radioactiveiodine used for the test will not harm the thyroid or pose any risk. After 24 hours special equipment isthen used to measure the amount of radioactivity over the thyroid gland.Symptoms of HyperthyroidismHyperthyroidism symptoms vary and may include the following: • Impotence in Males • Muscle Spasms, Cramps, Twitching & Tremors • Acne • Eye Twitch
  2. 2. • Headaches • Hair Loss • Anger, Nervousness, Mood Swings or Feeling Anxious • Stomach Problems • Low Sex Drive • Body Temperature Changes • Nausea • Diarrhea or Experiencing more bowel movements than usual • Itchiness • Fatigue • Rapid heart beat • Difficulty breathing • Sweating more than usual • Hair becoming brittle • Losing weight regardless of the amount of food you eatWhat Causes Hyperthyroidism?The most common causes of hyperthyroidism include: • Graves’ disease - Caused when the bodys natural immune system attacks the thyroid gland. The thyroid fights back by making too much thyroid hormone. • Thyroid nodules - The thyroid may sometimes develop lumps and cysts called nodules. These nodules can secrete too much thyroid hormone. Most nodules are generally harmless but if you feel a lump it is best to have it checked by a health professional. • Thyroiditis - Caused by inflammation of the thyroid gland, this condition can also lead to the release of excess amounts of thyroid hormones. • Excessive iodine intake - Too much iodine in the diet, certain iodine medications and some cough syrups may cause the thyroid to produce either too much or too little hormone in some individuals. However, the human system can tolerate relatively large doses of iodine and hyperthyroidism as a response to excess iodine in the diet is very rare. • Eating Disorders (e.g. Bulimia) - The thyroid gland can change its regular behavior as a result of decreased nutrition from eating disorders.Help for HyperthyroidismThyroid disorders are very common, and with appropriate treatment, troublesome hyperthyroidismsymptoms can be alleviated, balanced and treated. There are a number of treatment options forhyperthyroidism and because everyone is different, it is important to explore the options that work foryou.There are various treatments available for hyperthyroidism. The aim of these treatments is to decreasethe amount of thyroid hormone made by the thyroid gland so that excess amounts do not get into thebloodstream.The most common conventional treatments include radioactive iodine, betablockers, anti-thyroidmedications and surgery (thyroidectomy).Alternative treatments offer a wide variety of methods to help maintain balance in the body, for
  3. 3. example homeopathy, acupuncture, physical medicine and massage. They have been used forcenturies, and now more than ever before, the Western community is embracing this holistic approachof healthcare.This holistic approach addresses not only the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, but they address the rootcause and underlying problems and can help provide all-round support and natural health.There are a number of herbal and homeopathic ingredients which may be of assistance without thenegative side effects of prescription drugs. Some commonly used herbs traditionally used to calm theoveractive thyroid include bugleweed (Lycopus virginica), lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) andmotherwort (Leonuris cardica).Natural remedies can also be investigated as part of a broader treatment plan. It is best to discuss theseoptions with your doctor or consult a homeopath or naturopath for advice. Also, it is important toincorporate a healthy diet, exercise, meditation and other mind-body therapies to get themaximum benefit.Drug Therapies for HyperthyroidismConventional medications for mild hyperthyroidism include anti-thyroid drugs such as methimazole(Tapazole) or propylthiouracil (PTU). For advanced hyperthyroidism, conventional methods such asradioactive iodine treatment (RAI) are commonly used.While on these medications, you should be closely monitored due to the frequency of unwanted sideeffects. As an incorrect choice or dosage of drugs can cause other distressing symptoms, or even makesymptoms worse, it is strongly advised that you research these drugs thoroughly and make an informeddecision.When conventional drug therapy for overactive thyroid is not successful, thyroidectomy or surgicalremoval of the thyroid is sometimes recommended. After this procedure, the body is no longer able toproduce thyroid hormones, which then have to be supplemented by synthetic hormones or hormones ofanimal origin (bovine or porcine). It may be difficult to achieve the correct balance and many peoplesuffer from symptoms of hypothyroidism after a thyroidectomy.Recommended Diet for HyperthyroidismA meal plan for those with hyperthyroidism should consist of foods high in protein, B vitamins andiron such as whole grains and fresh vegetables. Add antioxidant rich foods into your diet, such asblueberries, cherries, and tomatoes, squash and bell peppers.Foods to Avoid for Those with HyperthyroidismSince hyperthyroidism can be the result of too much iodine in the body, it is important to limit theintake of iodized salt, kelp, seafood, sea salt and some dairy products. Refrain from lunch meat and redmeat as much as possible and avoid refined foods like white bread, pasta and sugar. Instead of usinghigh fat cooking oils, switch to olive oil or vegetable oil. Eliminate trans fatty acids in mostcommercially cooked foods, these include onion ring, French fries, donuts and margarine.
  4. 4. Tips for Coping with HyperthyroidismThere are always a few steps we can take to empower ourselves and manage our health. Smallmeasures can be taken to alleviate and reduce hyperthyroidism symptoms.Try to: • Reduce stress by listening to music, taking a long bath or meditating in a quiet place • Avoid caffeine and other stimulants as they may worsen certain symptoms such as fast heartbeat, nervousness, or concentration difficulties • Ice packs on the throat can help to reduce inflammation • Certain foods can help to depress the thyroid, for instance cruciferous vegetables (e.g. cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, spinach) • Stay away from refined foods, shellfish, wheat, diary products and alcohol • Avoid food and supplements containing iodineThe better we take care of our bodies, the better they will take care of us. Remember that healthy eatinghabits, adequate sleep and regular exercise will go a long way in sustaining good health and wellbeing!More Information on HyperthyroidismHyperthyroidism in Infants and ChildrenHyperthyroidism in infants and children is very rare. Infants diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, alsocalled neonatal Grave’s disease, usually contract the condition from the mother. Women who have beendiagnosed in the past with Grave’s disease can pass along the antibodies to their unborn children, andcan lead to miscarriages or premature birth.For infants born with hyperthyroidism, complications arise such as poor weight gain, rapid heartbeat,high blood pressure, bulging eyes, diarrhea, vomiting, and difficulty breathing. Oftentimes newbornsare given medication and within a few weeks their symptoms are cleared up.Although Grave’s Disease mainly affects women above the age of 20, it can also be the cause ofhyperthyroidism in adolescent children. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism in children involve restlessnessand disruptive behavior at school, and are easily mistaken for something other than a thyroidcondition. If the condition worsens, symptoms become more severe and include bed wetting, quickenedpulse, anxiousness, heat intolerance, weight loss, rapid growth, shaking hands, muscle weakness anddiarrhea.Pregnancy and HyperthyroidismIf you are pregnant and suspect that you may have hyperthyroidism, it is essential that you seek aprofessional assessment. Diagnosis and appropriate treatment is very important as hyperthyroidism inpregnancy can be dangerous for both the mother and the baby.In some pregnant women hyperthyroidism is a pre-existing condition. However, hyperthyroidism canalso develop during pregnancy. Diagnosis is usually more difficult as pregnancy can mask thesymptoms. For example, fatigue and weight gain are routinely experienced with pregnancy. Blood testsfor T3 and T4 may also be inaccurate during pregnancy.The most common cause of hyperthyroidism in pregnant women is Grave’s Disease with symptomsoccurring during the first half of pregnancy. In most instances, mild to moderate hyperthyroidismduring pregnancy will not cause problems for mom or baby – and the pregnancy can be expected to
  5. 5. progress normally. However, severe and chronic hyperthyroidism may cause a variety of more seriouscomplications and a correct diagnosis and treatment is therefore vital.It is important to ask whether certain prescription medications may be passed through the placenta toyour baby, and what effect this may have on your child. While prescription medication can be effectiveas part of a broader treatment plan, it is not always necessary.We do hope this very small taste concerning hyperthyroidism treatment will be of great benefit foryou. As usual, you can increase your efforts when your knowledge is more comprehensive and deeper.That is what can be found when you continue reading and see the kind of information we are talkingabout. We know you will gain deeper ideas into your own needs and be able to see some addedbenefits."Article courtesy of Native Remedies"To Your Good HealthHypothyroidism Treatment Team